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Weekend Workshop with Beth Brown-Reinsel

February 16, 2013 - February 17, 2013

The Windy City Knitting Guild is pleased to welcome Beth Brown-Reinsel for a weekend workshop.

Beth Brown-Reinsel has been teaching knitting workshops nationally, as well as internationally, for over 20 years. Her book Knitting Ganseys has been deemed a classic. She completed her first DVD Knitting Ganseys with Beth Brown-Reinsel in 2010 and is working on a new DVD on color knitting. Her articles and designs have appeared in Threads, Cast On, Interweave Knits, Shuttle, Spindle, and Dye Pot, Vogue Knitting, and Knitters magazines. She continues to design for her own pattern line Knitting Traditions. Beth’s website, blog, and more can be found at

See bottom of page for registration information.

Class 1: Swedish Cast-Ons and Knitting Technique

Date/Time: Saturday, 9 AM-12 PM (3 hours)
Level: All
Number of students: 20

Workshop description
Five cast-ons from Sweden will be taught in this hands-on class. They are all one-needle cast-on methods and can be adapted for one or two color edges for sweaters, mittens, socks, and hats. In addition, the Continental and English methods of knitting, purling, and weaving will be taught as a basis for the Scandinavian technique of working with two yarns in the left hand (knitting, purling, and weaving) and Twined knitting (two yarns in the right hand). Small sample swatches will be made using all of the techniques learned in class.

Supply List

  • Two contrasting colors of the same weight yarn, either sport or worsted weight
  • A pair of appropriately sized 12″ or 16″ circular or short straight needles. (Example: 4.5 mm or 5.0 mm (US size 7 or 8) for worsted yarn, 3.75 mm or 4.0 mm (US size 5 or 6) for sport yarn)
  • Optional:  hang tags for labeling samples

Homework: None

Class 2: Latvian Wristers

Date/Time: Saturday, 1:30-4:30 PM (3 hours)
Level:Intermediate (must be proficient with double-pointed needles)
Number of students: 20

Workshop description
Using wristers as a template, some of the beautiful knitting methods of Latvia will be studied in this class. Knit one of a pair of wristers to learn the following techniques which can be applied to mitten cuffs, sock tops, or sleeves: a scalloped cuff, the herringbone braid, and many subtle and beautiful variations of the half-braid. A choice of traditional motifs is incorporated in the main part of the wrister, as well as a picot edge at the end. Additional techniques to be discussed include yarn dominance, knitting with two yarns in the right hand, two yarns in the left hand, or a yarn in each hand, as well as knitting with three colors and setting up the knitting for color changes in the braids.

Supply List

  • 1 oz. each of 4 colors of sport weight yarn
  • One set of 3.5mm (US size 4) short double pointed needles. If you are proficient in the magic loop or working with two circular needles, bring the appropriate needles.
  • Tapestry needle and stitch markers, sticky notes or magnetic board to aid in reading the text or chart

Homework: None

Class 3: Color Twined Knitted Fingerless Mitts

Date/Time: Sunday, 9 AM-4:30 PM (6 hours)
Intermediate Must be comfortable with double pointed needles or working with two circulars or Magic Loop. Ability to knit English style is strongly suggested.
Number of students: 20

Supply List:

  • Yarn: No single ply yarns! 3-4 oz. worsted weight yarn in Main Color yarn and 2 oz. in Contrast Color yarn (must be wound as center-pull balls—see below)
  • Needles: One set of 7″ long (approximately) double pointed needles, size 6 (4mm)
  • Extras: Tapestry needle, stitch markers, waste yarn for holding stitches, magnetic board or sticky notes for keeping one’s place on the chart

Homework: You will make two center pull balls.

  1. 2 oz. of Main Color Yarn to be wound as ONE center-pull ball
  2. 2 oz. of Main Color Yarn and 2 oz. of Contrast Color Yarn to be wound as ONE center-pull ball: wind one color, then wind the second color on top of the first so you have access to the inner yarn in the center and the outer yarn.

Pricing & Registration

You may register online below or download the registration form to print out and mail in. See below for individual workshop pricing.

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All classes will be held at the Doubletree Hotel, 9599 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL. If you need assistance getting to the hotel, please contact Tina Stevens ( for assistance. Food and beverages will not be provided at the workshops. There are several restaurants nearby. You may not bring your own food and beverages (other than bottled water). We will be charged by the hotel if any food or drink is brought into the hotel.



February 16, 2013
February 17, 2013


DoubleTree Hotel
9599 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60077 United States
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